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Swindon as it is now

 

Swindon Parish, which includes the hamlets of Smestow and Hinksford is situated in the Smestow Valley surrounded by farmland.
 
Swindon is mainly residential,with employment being centred on the, nearby West Midland towns of  Wolverhampton, Dudley and Stourbridge
 
The Smestow Brook and the Staffs Worcs canal pass through the village. The canal now carrying pleasure boats instead of the mainly coal carrying boats which used it some years ago.
There is a well used Community Centre which caters for all local groups.
 
Swindon has a Church, Chapel, and a thriving junior school. There are four shops including a Post Office and three Public Houses all of which serve food and good quality ales.
The Village is close to the West Midlands conurbation on the east side and there are three buses every hour to Merry Hill and Wolverhampton. To the west  it is open countryside with Highgate Common and its wooded areas nearby...
 
The village sports field is the base for Swindon Cricket Club and has a well used football pitch. In addition, a Crown Bowling Green and Children’s Play area have been added more recently.
Swindon is a  happy community where new and old villagers integrate well.

 

 

Brief History of Swindon

 

Swindon had an Iron & Steel works from the 15th century which produced mainly “Bar Iron” and later hot rolled steel sheets. Following the battle of Worcester, Cromwell’s troops were pursuing the remnants of Prince Charles’s army towards Wolverhampton when they stopped at Swin Forge to have their swords sharpened and repaired. It was said that Swin Forge was chosen because the blade mill had been famous since 1500 for the superior quality of its swords, and scythes.
Most of the villagers worked on the farms or in the Iron Works and Dud Dudley mentioned the works in his “Metallum Martis” book.
 
Other famous owners were Thomas Foley who built Witley Court and the Baldwins who made it a “great little works”. Stanley Baldwin was also a Governor of Swindon School.
 
The Chapel was built in 1820, the Church in 1854, and the school in 1864. Swindon was originally in Wombourne Parish but became a separate Parish in 1896.
There were three Public houses, one of them the “Green Man” was owned by the Iron Works.
 
The Iron & Steel Works finally closed in 1976 with the old Canteen building being donated to the village and converted into today’s Community Centre.
 

Link

 

A short history of Stanley Baldwin

 

 

Contact

 

Lisa Hemmett (Clerk)

Telephone: 01384 400660

Email: swindonparishcouncil@btconnect.com

 

Cllr. R. Lees,

11 St. Johns Close,

Swindon,

South Staffordshire,

Tel: (01384) 279910

Email: r.lees@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

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